May 18, 2016
Over 200 women and girls are believed to have been trafficked to Arab states with the largest number going to Kuwait.
A few weeks ago a parliamentary committee led by Mudenda, who had visited Kuwait on parliamentary business, were briefed by the Zimbabwe Embassy about the plight of human trafficked women and girls, who were promised good jobs only to be turned into slaves and sex objects.
Thirty-two of them were repatriated back to Zimbabwe with the help of a local business, Wicknell Chivayo, as government could not fund the process.
Twenty-one more women and girls were repatriated last week with the assistance of the Young Women’s Christian Association led by Nyaradzayi Gumbodzvanda and six more are expected to leave Kuwait for Zimbabwe this week.
Credit has been given to the Zimbabwe Embassy in Kuwait for helping the women and girls that escape their employers with some of the human trafficking victims telling Studio7 they had no money to pay for taxi fares from their abusers but got a reprieve once they contacted the Embassy.
Zimbabwe Embassy staff in Kuwait have not been able to speak on record but human trafficking victims, who spoke to Studio7, said a Mr. Francis Ngwenya and others had been very helpful in facilitating their repatriation process despite the financial challenges facing most embassies.
In another development, a delegation of Zimbabwe’s House of Assembly led by Kindness Paradza, chairperson of the parliamentary committee on foreign relations, is on a week-long study tour in Palestine.
Paradza said they hope to share their findings with other parliamentarians back home.